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November 23, 2001
Irish Not Worth
Dishing Out Dollars
The IrishEyes.Com NewsService
PALO ALTO, CA (IE) ABC continues to employ Brent Musburger, so its wisdom must regularly be called into question. However, it is right on the money for relegating Notre Dame at Stanford to second class status tomorrow night.
It's DirecTV or no TV for most of Notre Dame Nation Saturday and, as regular followers of the Irish, trust us, save the $11.95 for the pay-for-view rights. Since you absolutely have to know what is going on, tune in Tony Roberts on the radio network, close your eyes, and envision a much better, more productive era of Notre Dame football. That's what we would do if were not professionally obligated to watch this contest.
For our weekly predictions, IrishEyes welcomes Bootleg.com, the Stanford site on The Insiders Network. This is one of the finest college sports sites you will find anywhere, and we're proud to be on the same network with this group. Give them a look at http://stanford.theinsiders.com .
TOM BECK, Becks Beat-- Stanford is averaging slightly more than 38 points. per game in what has turned out to be a balanced and tough Pac Ten. As usual the Cardinal can air it out and score quickly. Notre Dame will be able to ground out some yardage, but will not demonstrate the versatility offensively to stay in the race with the Cardinal. It will be over by the fourth quarter. STANFORD, 38-17.
THE BOOTLEG.com, Stanford Site on The Insiders Network -- The biggest variable in this game may be the weather, with a forecast for the worst rain seen at gametime in Stanford Stadium in years. That might negate the aerial assault expected in the return of Randy Fasani, and keep the overall score down in the game. Both teams put the emphasis on running the ball this year, and while Stanford has excelled at shutting down the run, they have a poor history against 60 minutes of option football. Coy Wire and Colin Branch are the keys for Stanford in tracking and punishing Carlyle Holiday and that option. Stanford punting in the mud and driving rain is a nightmarish vision. But with David Givens and Tony Fisher probably out for the Tarnished Domers, I think the better team will come out on top. Look for special teams and turnovers as the key indicators in this rainsoaked affair. STANFORD, 31-20.
ALAN TIEULI, Managing Editor, IrishEyes -- Bob Davie is on record as saying he would be in favor of accepting a Music City Bowl invitation if the Irish win this game and in West Lafayette next weekend. Wow, now there is incentive. Redemption in Nashville! Fear not, the Irish will be home for the holidays and the new head coach will be deep into building his staff and verbal commitments. By any reasonable analysis, this Irish season has been a complete meltdown in terms of performance and judgment. It became comical today to watch A&M and Nebraska -- the cornerstones of college football excellence if you listened to Davie all season -- get absolutely pounded physically and athletically by Texas and Colorado. Once again, a "murderous" Notre Dame schedule has been exposed as "challenging" at best. This game is another example. Stanford is having a fine season, but ND's talent is equal or better at most positions. But, it's on the road, at night, and Notre Dame has not won in such a scenario since 1997 (at Hawaii) and you know Davie and his staff will find a way to make things more difficult. If you follow such matters, the Irish are 3-6 against the Las Vegas line this year and the Cardinal look awfully attractive here at a price such a little bit north of a touchdown. Only way Irish win this game is if Stanford gives it away. STANFORD, 28-13.
JOE TYBOR, Founder, IrishEyes -- The Irish will make it close, maybe even put a scare into the Cardinal. That's what the season has come down to--"putting a scare" into an opponent that, for the most part, used to be yours. Stanford will have trouble defending the option, and I expect the Irish secondary will play better than advertised. STANFORD, 28-24.